To Horace Mann
your house7, except that it drives away your Pettegola8. What I like much worse, is your recovering your strength so slowly; but I trust to the warm weather.
Miss Granville", daughter of the late Lord Lansdown10, is named Maid of Honour, in the room of Miss Hamilton^ who I told you is to be Lady Brook: they are both so small! what little eggs they will lay!
How does my Princess u ! does not she deign to visit you too ? Is Sade12 there still ? Is Madame Suares quite gone into devotion yet? Tell me anything—I love anything that you write to me. Good night!
74. To HORACE MANN.
London, April 29.
BY yours of April 17, N.S., and some of your last letters, I find my Lady Walpole is more mad than ever—why, there never was so wild a scheme as this of setting up an interest through Lord Chesterfield ! one who has no power; and, if he had, would think of, or serve her, one of the last persons upon earth. What connection has he with, what interest could he have in obliging her? and, but from views, what has he ever done, or will he ever do ? But is Eichcourt1 so shallow, and so ambitious, as to put any
the reverse, that of the Emperor Charles VII, Elector of Bavaria, who had been driven out of Ms dominions, et Caesar et nihil. Walpole.
7 Mann had -written that in consequence of an earthquake at Leghorn, he had received Mrs. Golds-worthy and her children as his guests. The appearance of some cracks in the walls of his house alarmed her, and at last induced her to think of returning to Leghorn.
8 Mrs. Goldsworthy. Walpole,
9 Hon. Elizabeth G-ranville, d. unmarried, 1790.
10 George Granville (1667-1735), first Baron Lansdowne, 1711; a poet and playwright, and an early patron of Pope.
" Princess Craon. Walpole.
12 The Chevalier de Sade. Walpole.
LETTER 74.—1 Count Biehcoutt was a Lorrainer, and Chief Minister of Florence; there was great connection between him and Lady W. Walpole,